Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Competency-based learning: the ultimate student-centered education

Neo LMS

Competency-based education might be the best solution in these circumstances. On top of this, more and more universities offer competency-based learning programs to address the needs of all their students. What is competency-based learning? No matter the exact words, competency-based learning is different than traditional education through a number of defining aspects. Time is not the best measurement for learning.

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New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

Edsurge

Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Turning Learning On Its Head

In 2011, a group of educators met at the Competency Based Learning Summit. During that Summit, the leaders identified five key tenets of Competency Based Learning (CBL): Students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students. Not planning their competencies and objectives clearly.

Competencies for a Post-COVID World

A Principal's Reflections

In classrooms, educators continue to grapple with the impacts this is having on both remote and hybrid learning models. When the dust settles, we need to look carefully at critical lessons learned. Competencies outline "how" goals and objectives will be accomplished.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. Shifting the emphasis to outcomes, on the other hand, encourages experimentation so that there can be continuous improvement to achieve stated goals.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

Edsurge

In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. Shifting the emphasis to outcomes, on the other hand, encourages experimentation so that there can be continuous improvement to achieve stated goals.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

As online, competency-based learning gains steam in higher education, a critical question is emerging. If the federal government will fund competency-based programs through Title IV dollars, how should it think about regulating these programs? For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. As competency-based programs emerge, we have little experience regulating them outside of the current constraints.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

In thinking about how best to prepare for that changing world, law schools need to consider how competency-based educational models can be employed to advance educational objectives for students seeking to enter the market for legal services. In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

After looking at what I had on the slide and listening to my analysis, she commented that I was (or should be) referencing and explaining competencies, not just skills, which students will need. As I reflected on her feedback I began to dive deeper into what the difference is between competencies and skills as well as their implications on learning. Competencies outline "how" the goals and objectives will be accomplished.

Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model. In competency-based learning, students make progress in their coursework as they master learning objectives, as opposed to a traditional credit-hour model in which students advance based on time regardless of how well they understand something. rather than student outcomes.

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners

Edsurge

It does mean, however, that entrepreneurial skill sets will move from the margins associated with a rare percentage of the population to the mainstream—as more professionals tap into these competencies in their job searches. Children will need to master skills and competencies relevant to this emerging world of work. We often think about competency-based learning as an input—a method of instruction that is mastery based and not time-based.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

They are the most important thing outside of family background that affects student outcomes. Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” The paper concludes with valuable policy recommendations for providing more students with the teachers they need through leveraging online learning.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Edsurge

The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

How Technology Improves Teacher-Student Relationships

Where Learning Clicks

Personalized blended learning betters student outcomes in Rhode Island because the technology improves teacher-student relationships. The post How Technology Improves Teacher-Student Relationships appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

Edsurge

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

Edsurge

For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

Edsurge

This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). The state of New Hampshire has been gradually shifting toward competency-based education (CBE) for two decades. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

Edsurge

Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning. Regardless of what subject is taught, teachers can create a pathway-independent rubric regarding the standards students should meet, and the students can decide how they will show the accomplishment of the standards—similar to a competency-based learning model. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story.

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education. I recommend you having a read of the entire post, but I also know that time is money, so I’ll give you the TL;DR version below: Competency-based education shift the focus from time to mastery of competencies/skills. The PROs and CONs of competency-based education. The outcomes could be great, but things could also go wrong.

Healthcare offers lessons from the last recession to higher ed of what not to do

The Christensen Institute

There will be many opportunities to use stimulus funds to push forward competency-based learning models—in which the federal government pays for mastery of learning, not the number of “credit hours” students accumulate. Competency-based learning designs are, theoretically, a far more robust way to learn, as they ensure all students master the critical learning objectives before graduating.

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. Make learning a priority. which Dweck associates with a false growth mindset, won’t help them achieve their learning goals, at least not in the long run. It’s no longer what happens in the learning environment, but what happens when edtech comes into the mix and how we can enrich that environment. Read more: The PROs and CONs of competency-based learning. E-learning

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The most important LMS analytics that teachers should know about

Neo LMS

One of the benefits of using an LMS for online teaching is that it makes teachers’ lives easier when it comes to tracking student progress and learning outcomes. Read more: What works for tracking student progress in online learning. NEO Guide: Competency-based learning.

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Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept. What has changed, however, is the need and increased capacity to personalize learning, including: A workforce that demands significantly more than mastery of the 3 Rs; 2. The burgeoning field of learning sciences research that addresses learner variability 4 ; and.

What if teachers could no longer give B-minuses?

The Christensen Institute

The story hits home, as Lahey explores the perils of not letting children fail because it robs them of opportunities to learn and develop. I’m not encouraging grade inflation or having students avoid “failure,” but rather reducing the stakes of failure and embedding failure in the process of learning. I am talking about competency-based learning—which also goes by the names mastery learning, standards-based learning, or proficiency-based learning.

5 on-ramps to building students’ social capital

eSchool News

Across classrooms and campuses, teaching and learning may be the core activity observable to the naked eye. Given the myriad ways in which networks shape access to opportunity, the connections students forge in the course of learning experiences are assets we should be paying attention to. Competency-based learning. With competency-based policies spreading nationwide , schools are starting to transform how and when learning takes place.

9 Characteristics of authentic learning

Neo LMS

In a quest to find solutions to these issues, educators and experts in the field have tried to find an approach to learning that would spark students’ curiosity and motivation, that would engage them more in class and which would provide them with a set of skills necessary to face the 21st century society. 9 Characteristics of authentic learning. Interdisciplinary learning. Student-directed learning. Flexibility of learning environment and resources.

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity. As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system?

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. Our Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing study found that districts often use “ pilot tryouts ” to make decisions about learning technology tools.

What Public School Teachers Want: Less Disruption

Edsurge

When federal dollars incentivize new reforms, such as outcomes or competency-based education, consultancy groups, such as the Marzano Corp., Terms such as “professional learning communities” and “data-based instruction” take the focus off of children as developing human beings, and force conversations to be about standardized data points from benchmark tests and high-stakes standardized assessments, which can dehumanize the way we address student needs.

Wanted: New role for education department’s inspector general

The Christensen Institute

Department of Education’s inspector general is scrutinizing Western Governors University (WGU), the nation’s largest competency-based university and a high-quality innovator. The University has a record of good student outcomes that have improved over time. Those outcomes can be measured by everything from actual learning to job placement rates and employers’ satisfaction with the WGU graduates they hire. Asynchronous, distance learning is nothing new.”.

#AskExcelinEd: 5 Steps to Transform Professional Learning for Teachers

ExcelinEd

Professional development has the potential to help millions of hardworking teachers cultivate their instructional practice to improve student outcomes. Excel in Ed’s new policy brief, Transforming Professional Learning: Actions for States to Help Teachers Continuously Improve Their Instructional Practices , can help. How Can States Transform Professional Learning? Teachers need support to learn new practices and grow professionally.

Higher Ed’s Credit Transfer System Is Broken. Here’s a Better Way.

Edsurge

In an education world driven more by inputs than learning outcomes, it’s hard to prove the case one way or the other. In lock step, employers will need to adopt and advocate for skills-based standards with aligned mastery-based assessments as part of their hiring and promotion. In this system, learners would own their records and bring independent proof of their learning.

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Why schools are shifting to blended learning in Brazil

The Christensen Institute

For the past few years at the Institute, we’ve heard stories about Brazilian teachers trying out blended learning. To explore these trends more deeply, we published our first international blended-learning research paper in November, Blended Beyond Borders , in partnership with the WISE Initiative. Seven of these schools are practicing blended learning based on our definition. Blended learning can give students more options. Leia em português.